Ryan Adams Live at Stubb's on 2005-06-16
Kiss Before I go
Let it Ride
What a Sin
Cold Roses PT I>
Cold Roses PT II
Call Me on Your Way Back Home*
Come Pick Me Up
Running for your Life Improv >
To Be Young
Shakedown on 9th
Wharf Rat^ >
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
* Ryan Solo
^ With Phil Lesh
Approx. 8:00 of silence due to monitor changes edited out of
Subject: Great show! Very good sound! What's with the Dead-bashing?
That said, what's with some of the Dead-bashing going on. Those who criticize Phil Lesh's presence and any influence the Grateful Dead may have had on Ryan are only showing their lack of musical knowledge. The Dead were playing "Americana" three decades before it was hip (American Beauty, Workingman's Dead) and, just as importantly, making their music available to traders. I doubt if there would this archive if it weren't for the hundreds of tapers who taped and traded Dead shows!
Last, the Grateful Dead were not just any old psychedelic band struggling along on '60s tunes. They evolved through the years, as anyone who knows their music realizes. Adams, too, has evolved and if some of his changes have been brought about due to his desire to emulate some of the legacy left by the Grateful Dead, then he (and we) are richer for it.
Jac from Tucson
Subject: Ryan Adams SBD Ryman Audt 8-1-06
Subject: Good show
Subject: Nice Show - worth the download
Bruce, I appreciate your detailed, thought-filled review but if you're going to call Phil's appearance "anticlimactic", please at least know the correct name of the songs he joined in on. "Bird Song" is a classic, well known Dead tune...no offense, but you dubbing it "Song Bird" negated that aspect of your review.
Back to the show...I just love this guy's voice. I think he's really digging NOT having to carry the whole 'RA Music World' on his shoulder. It's probably good for him to shed the burdens and have support from the likes of Phil's veteran band (i.e. Red Rocks--mid July) and this new Cardinals lineup. He seems to be emerging from the 'Rolling Stones' magazine-induced pop rut and actually enjoying music again...let's face it, say what you want, but he's playing with a childhood hero when he jams with Phil. And he sounds SO great belting out lyrics to Stella Blue, Wharf Rat, and Friend of the Devil (see Phil & Friends 7/13/05 on this same web site). He's having fun again and that's what counts. All that energy is spilling out into his current work. Hard to say, but my gut feeling is he's having fun again, and that's good for all of us fans.
And I'm still waiting for explanation on why "Gold" is somehow substandard...I love that album. The first six-seven tracks are giggity-giggity (to quote Quagmire).
Subject: Stubb's Show Rocked..despite technical difficulties beyond their control
Back to the show...I thought the Cardinals could hold their own on a good night with the best of bands. The songs were well written and just plain fun. I met some new fast friends there (no, not the sorority chick) and was very pleased with the set list. Phil took photos with a friend before the set and when he came out on stage later on, it was bliss for this Deadhead. Who can complain about a Wharf Rat>Bird Song segue and a damn good jam? It was Great! Enjoy the show & I hope this download is as good as the experience was.
Subject: Nice show
Subject: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals at Stubb's (Austin, Texas, 6/16/05)
Then came the (mostly) enthusiastic reviews for Adams' new band, The Cardinals, and their first CD, Cold Rose. That brought me back to LMA to see if there were anything here to resurrect my interest in Adams. This show has at least convinced me to order the new CD and to even look forward to the next Cardinals' offering.
There's still a good measure of throw-away stuff in this show -- but not as much as in Adams' most recent solo recordings. Before you download, you should know that the band experienced technical difficulties throughout much of the show that account for the frequent intervals of one to two minutes of crowd whoops and curses between numbers. An audio editor is almost a necessity if you have any desire to commit this show to CD.
That said, this is a good concert, with all the really good music sandwiched in the middle between a lethargic warmup and a surprisingly anticlimactic guest appearance by Phil Lesh.
The guts of the show derive from Heartbreaker, which in large part accounts for its strength. But there's no question The Cardinals add a muscular, electric sound to the original acoustic renditions that gives these old chestnuts a new lease on life -- and hope for Adams' future.
I wasn't aware till listening to this performance that Adams has joined the legion of the Dead Heads. The affinity first became apparent to me in break of "Trains" -- the highlight of this performance -- which closes out the first set. That break conjured echoes of some of the best Garcia/Weir/Lesh jams when Garcia was on the pedal steel. Perhaps more than anything, this song -- which would be right at home on Faithless Street -- piques my interest about future Cardinals' projects. From the lyrics and melody, I'm betting this is an Adams song that is yet to make it into his recorded catalog. (If I'm mistaken about the song's pedigree, I'd appreciate somebody correcting me.) I have to wonder if it isn't destined for the next CD.
Lesh joins the band for two old Grateful Dead songs, "Wharf Rat" and "Song Bird," that close out the show. Given that "Trains" had already awakened by curiosity about Adams' affinity with the Dead, I nearly leapt out of my headphones when Adams intro'd Lesh as a special guest. But the performances of the two classic Garcia/Hunter songs paled in comparison to the ones committed to memory from their first appearances on vinyl, and ultimately made a lame closing to the show.
The quality of the recording is quite decent. As I alluded to earlier, the main annoyances come from the technical difficulties with the band's sound system, not the recorder's. As in so many American audience recordings, crowd noise is a real problem. No surprise that in Austin there were plenty of obnoxious drunks surrounding our recorder, including one female who apparently wanted to copulate with nearly everyone at the show -- either that or she was having a hell of an argument with her boyfriend. Yet another reason to take the audio editor to these tracks.
With some judicious editing, this show makes a performance that bears repeated listens.
Subject: Ryan Adams Soundboard
I was not familiar with Ryan Adams until he connected with Phil Lesh. Thi shsow has a good country rock quality, but shows Ryans diversity.
Anyone making any colorful covers for Ryan Adams shows?
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